Premier New York City Car Service
Essential Ground Connect
Essential Ground Connect provides SUVs in the New York City area for individuals, businesses, or communities in need of ground transport.
Ride Prices for BLADE's Car Service in Manhattan
All rides are charged an initial deposit of $100. Final price, depending on route, will be provided after your order is placed. If you do not agree to the updated price you can cancel the ride for a full refund.
|Any trip within Manhattan||$100/hr, 1 hr min + tolls (If any) + taxes + fees*|
|Within the Five Boroughs||Price|
|Any trip within the Five Boroughs||$100/hr, 2 hr min + tolls + taxes + fees*|
|Any trip within the Tri-State Area||$120/hr, 3 hr min + tolls + taxes + fees*|
Essential Ground Connect for SUV Airport Car Service
|Newark <> Manhattan||$245 + fees**|
|JFK <> Manhattan||$245 + fees**|
|LaGuardia <> Manhattan||$245 + fees**|
|Teterboro <> Manhattan||$250|
|Westchester Airport <> Manhattan||$275|
*Book BLADE Airport and fly between Manhattan and JFK from $195/seat.
|Hamptons (see zone explanation below)|
|East Hampton (Zone 1) <> Manhattan||$485|
|East Hampton (Zone 2) <> Manhattan||$545|
|Montauk (Zone 3) <> Manhattan||$625|
|Hamptons Zone 2 <> Zone 1 or 3||$295|
|Hamptons Zone 1 <> Zone 3||$385|
*All rides within the Five Boroughs may be subject to a Dispatch fee ($10), Black Car Fund Fee (2.5%), Inter-Borough fee ($45), NYC Congestion Fee ($2.75) and NY State Tax (8.875%).
**As of Monday, April 5, 2021, $2.50 Airport Access Fee to be charged for Black Car Vehicle passengers to be dropped off or picked up at the airports
Zone 1: Shinnecock Canal to Water Mill Town Road
Zone 2: Water Mill Town Road to Old Northwest Road
Zone 3: Old Northwest Road to Montauk
Essential Ground Connect for Business
As companies plan to reopen their offices in New York City, it's highly important to mitigate any fears and concerns employees may have about commuting to and from work.
Typical business use cases include:
(i) Shared SUV ground transportation (max two passengers per vehicle) to shuttle employees between home and work
(ii) Standby vehicles pre-positioned at offices to enable immediate departure
(iii) Airport transfers
Significant discounts are available to companies making volume commitments. Please contact our corporate sales team here.
• Drivers are employed full-time by our transport partner, and are not “gig-economy” workers.
• Each driver is subject to a comprehensive daily protocol created by BLADE's Medical Advisor and conducted by our MediMobility team, including driver temperature and oxygen level tests, health update interview and electrostatic decontamination of the vehicle interior.
• We have the most comprehensive and rigid driver and vehicle safety, quality standards, and protocols in the industry.
• All drivers have been working with BLADE for at least one year.
Essential Ground Connect can be reserved for any trip under 350 miles from your original pickup location.
Yes, unless your SUV is already reserved by one of our hospital partners following your ride. Please notify your driver and text or call BLADE, and we will do our best to extend your trip for essential travel, based on availability.
Essential Ground Connect drivers wear protective gloves during all BLADE trips. If the passenger is comfortable, BLADE’s driver will load and unload passenger luggage. However if the passenger prefers to load and unload their own luggage, the driver will open the rear hatch door and allow for a safe distance for the passenger to load or unload their own luggage, ensuring as close to a contactless experience as possible.
Each of the SUVs in BLADE’s Essential Ground Connect fleet can accommodate 5 passengers comfortably in the two rows behind the protective partition that separates the driver from the rest of the vehicle.
• Trips within Manhattan cost $75/hour (minimum of one hour) plus additional fees and taxes.
• Billing begins when the driver arrives at the pickup location.
• After one hour, trips are charged in 30-minute increments based upon the base rate of your trip.
• After booking, we will send you an order confirmation.
• Additional fees may include $45 Inter-Borough fee, $10 Dispatch fee, $35 Pet fee, 2.5% Black Car Fund Fee, $2.75 NYC Congestion Fee and 8.875% State Tax.
Your driver will call you upon arrival. Please contact BLADE if you can't locate your vehicle. Your driver will wait without contact from you for up to thirty (30) minutes. After thirty (30) minutes without contact from you, your driver will leave and you will be charged a “no-show fee” of $65. Our Essential Ground Connect team is available 24/7. Feel free to reach call us at 844-FLYBLADE if you are unable to locate your vehicle and need further assistance.
You can book Essential Ground Connect 24/7 on the BLADE app. Please book ahead to reserve your vehicle as BLADE cannot guarantee vehicle availability.
For trips originating or ending outside Manhattan:
You may cancel and receive a credit card refund if you notify BLADE at least four hours before your scheduled pick-up time.
For trips inside Manhattan:
You may cancel and receive a credit card refund if you notify Blade at least one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.
For ASAP requests (inside or outside Manhattan):
Once your order is confirmed, it is non-refundable. BLADE Credits are not eligible for Essential Ground Connect.
• BLADE offers a full suite of first-in-class transportation options like helicopter charters, private jet rentals, and essential ground connect services.
No, all Essential Ground Connect trips must be paid for by credit card as the fees generated serve to pay for more trips for NYC hospitals without cost.
Essential Ground Connect was created for our hospital partners and medical professionals to ensure passenger safety, minimizing passenger touchpoints with vehicles and following rigid health and safety protocol. Vehicles are thoroughly sanitized before every shift, they do not recirculate air, always bringing fresh air from outside.
Unlike ridesharing services, Essential Ground Connect should be reserved ahead of time and may not be available on demand.
Essential Ground Connect is billed on an hourly basis, we’ll stop as many times as you need (to collect additional passengers and/or essential items). Wait time is part of the service–not a penalty.
Yes, you can help NYC Hospitals by donating–please contact us at 844-FLYBLADE to use your accumulated BLADE credits to fund the transportation needs of medical professionals.